I have an opportunity to have a camcorder bought in USA. I checked what is being offered and I am thinking of having one of the following camcorders
1) Panasonic NV-GS300 "PAL" 3 CCD Mini DV Camcorder, 10x Optical/700x Digital Zoom, 3.1 Mega Pixel CCD, Color Viewfinder, 2.7" LCD Screen, SD Memory Card Slot
2) Sony DCR-HC96E "PAL" Mini DV Camcorder, 10x Optical/120x Digital Zoom, 3.3 Mega Pixel CCD, Color Viewfinder, 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen
Camcorderinfo.com gave 1st place to NV-GS300 in up to $600 range and 2nd place to DCR-HC96E in up to $1,000 range. They are both being offered at abt. $600 now. I am not particularly interested in photos, so quality of recorded video is what I am looking for. I plan to take videos of my kids (probably many videos will be indoor)
On the first glance I like NV-GS300’s SD Memory Card Slot because I already have couple of SD cards and I understand 3 CCD is better than 1 CCD.
On the other hand I like DCR-HC96E’s Infra red shooting and dislike Sony Duo Pro Card Slot.
Has anyone had a chance to take videos with both camcorders? What would you recommend?
Alternatively, what camcorder would you recommend apart of these two at similar price range?